Duncan Working on “Plan B” for US Schools


From AP reporter Dorie Turner:

Frustrated by what he called a “slow motion train wreck” for U.S. schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he will give schools relief from federal mandates under the No Child Left Behind law if Congress drags its feet on the law’s long-awaited overhaul and reauthorization.

That could mean everything from granting waivers on test score requirements to flexibility on how schools spend federal funding, though Duncan offered few details because he said the department is just beginning to work on its plan.

The Obama administration has called for an overhaul of the 9-year-old federal education law by the fall, but lawmakers have indicated that won’t be possible. Duncan told reporters Friday that his first goal is for Congress to rewrite the law but he wants to put other plans in place in case that doesn’t happen this year.

“This is absolutely plan B,” Duncan said. “The prospect of doing nothing is what  fighting against.”

Well the Chiefs for Change who want the existing NCLB guidelines with its heavy-handed school failure mechanisms  aren’t going to be getting their way. I’m wondering if John Kline isn’t making a mistake in slow walking this. In doing so, he’s giving Obama something to hammer away at Republicans on next fall.  NCLB isn’t as popular among independent voters as the GOP establishment believes.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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